Expansion of NR Barton audit team!

Pictured left to right: Ben Thomas, Catherine Rogers and Rachael Muphy

Wigan based accountancy and business advisory firm NR Barton has appointed former UHY Senior Manager, Rachael Murphy, and former top ten Audit Associate Ben Thomas to strengthen the firms audit team.

Rachael brings a wealth of experience with her, gained over 15 years of working in both a local and then national practice before joining NR Barton. She has looked after a diverse portfolio of clients throughout many sectors and has previously specialised in both the automotive and education sectors.

In April 2018 Rachael won the North West Insider Young Professionals “Accountant of the Year” award, she secured the title after the judges were impressed by her client testimonials.

“I am delighted to have been welcomed into the team here at NR Barton, the firm has developed a positive and friendly environment to work, where innovation is encouraged.

The team are highly regarded in the region and are known for providing valuable specialist advice to clients. The decision to join the firm at such an exciting time was instinctive for me and I am looking forward to the journey ahead.”

Ben, a former Audit Associate at Grant Thornton, previously specialised in large and complex audit work for commercial businesses of all shapes and size and public sector bodies. He has experience across multiple industries including construction, manufacturers, Travel, Technology, Retail, Charities and predominantly Councils and NHS Trusts and CCG’s.

“I’m excited to be bringing the skills and experience gained after over four years at EY and most recently Grant Thornton, to NR Barton. I have followed closely the progress of the practice in recent times, and I’m delighted to be joining a firm with the reputation NR Barton holds. It’s a great opportunity to help the firm build on and enhance its audit offering to existing clients and to expand its growing client base.”

Ben’s career began at EY in Manchester in 2017, before making the switch to Grant Thornton in 2018. He has a wide range of specialist audit experience and will be augmenting the NR Barton audit offering with his skills.

“We are delighted to welcome Rachael and Ben to the team’ said Cathy Rogers audit partner at N R Barton.

Although the last year has been difficult for the economy, we have a very positive and optimistic outlook which is why we continue to strengthen our audit and accounts team.

We believe that the audit world has become increasingly a specialist area and the opportunity to bring in a new generation of talent such as Rachael and Ben with their external experiences is invaluable to our firm’s development and growth”

We are always on the lookout for great staff to join the NR Barton team. If you are interested, please see our Careers page on our website.


Integrity is at the forefront of everything we do as we apply the strongest ethical and moral rigour across how we work and assist our clients.

At NR Barton we understand the importance of trust and through our integrity we make sure this underpins absolutely everything we do.

We like to do the best for our clients and this isn’t always easy. We aren’t afraid to use our integrity to confront difficult situations. We firmly believe that acting with our utmost integrity those difficult conversations will help to build our trust with our clients. Sometimes the difficult option is the best.

It is also our integrity that has helped us to build a strong local relationship in our market place and the thrive as a business for the last seventy years.

We’re here for the long term and our integrity will help us to achieve that.